LIN 510 Advanced English Grammar

LIN 510 IS Sec 1, University of Mississippi
[See UM Catalog for Description]

3 credit hours

Instructor Information:

Michael C. Raines, Ph.D.

Instructor name:
Michael C. Raines, Ph.D.

Instructional Assistant Professor of TESL and IEP

Instructor Information:

Michael Raines currently teaches in the TESOL Program in The Department of Modern Languages and also in the Intensive English Program. Originally from Tupelo, MS, Michael has been teaching ESL for a long time. He first studied and taught in Mexico City for a number of years, and after that experience, returned to the United States to finish his Ph.D. in TESOL at Ole Miss. After finishing his degree, he taught at the University of Alabama for several years, where he was director of two programs: ESL and Foreign Language Education and also managed a federal grant. He has taught additional intensive TESL classes overseas. After his tenure at the University of Alabama, Michael returned to Ole Miss to teach Spanish and ESL for several years. In the Fall 2010 semester, he began teaching in the TESOL and IEP programs and has also taught a number of courses on-line for Modern Languages.

Contact Information:

E-mail:; Office phone: 915-1492

If you have questions concerning the content of the course, you may contact the instructor directly using the Email Your Instructor link in the Lessons or Content page. NOTE: Whenever sending email, please be sure to indicate your course title and number in the subject line. You can expect a response within 72 hours, although it may be longer on weekends. Many instructors reply within 24 hours.

For lesson or test administration issues, please contact the iStudy department:

The University of Mississippi
Division of Outreach and Continuing Education
P. O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677

Phone: (662) 915-7313, toll-free (877) 915-7313
Fax: (662) 915-8826

Course Description

This 8-lesson Independent Study course is a thematic study of grammar; its forms and functions. Each lesson includes a reading assignment and corresponding exercises, to be followed by an eventual mid-course exam and an eventual final course exam. Graduate students are required to write two graduate reviews, the first one after Lesson #4 and the second one after Lesson #8 before the final course exam. All students are required to find 8 Quirks of the Week, one to be submitted at the end of each lesson.

Textbook Information:

Textbook information will be provided upon enrollment in your iStudy course.

Course Objectives:

In this class you will have the opportunity to:

  1. survey the basic structures of American English;
  2. examine the major issues and contributions of English linguistics to the study of language;
  3. peruse and discuss a variety of teaching techniques;
  4. develop a richer understanding of American English;
  5. express verbally and in writing opinions on language and critique other such opinions;
  6. investigate topics of individual interest in English linguistics.

Course Outline:

This course consists of 8 instructional lessons and 2 proctored examinations.

You MUST take the syllabus quiz within 2 weeks of enrolling or you will be dropped from the course. NOTE: you must pass the Syllabus and Orientation Quiz for the course materials to appear on the Lessons page.


Reading Assignments

Due for Grades

Pacing guide to complete the course in a semester


*You MUST complete the syllabus quiz as soon as you have access to your Blackboard course. This is mandatory to verify your attendance.* NOTE: you must pass the Syllabus and Orientation Quiz for the course materials to appear on the Lessons page.

Syllabus Quiz

 Week 1-2


Introduction: Utterances, Sentences, Clauses, and Phrases

Lesson exercises

Week 1-2


Chapter 2: Verbs, Tenses, Forms, and Functions

Lesson exercises

Week 3-4


Chapter 3: Basic Structures, Questions, Do-Insertions, Negation, Auxiiliaries, Responses, Emphasis, Contraction

Lesson exercises

Week 5-6


Chapter 4: Modals, Prepositional and Particles Verbs, Transitivity and Voice, and Conditionality

Lesson exercises

Week 7-8


Graduate Review 1: supplemental activity for graduate students only

Graduate Review 1

Week 7-8

Mid Course Exam

Proctored exam that covers Chapters 1-4. Graduate students will see an additional exam section they must complete.

To be scheduled and completed before proceeding

End of Week 8


If you are a semester student, you must reach the midpoint of your course by the date specified in your information.
If you are a Flex UM student, you CANNOT WITHDRAW from this course after the exam has been submitted.

All lesson assignments or exams needed to reach the midpoint of the course

The exact date semester students are required to reach the midpoint is specified in your information.


Chapter 5: Some Components of the Noun Phrase: Forms and Functions

Lesson exercises

Week 9-10


Chapter 6: Adjectives and Relative Clauses

Lesson exercises

Week 11-12


Chapter 7: Adverbs, It and There Referentials and Nonreferentials, and Fronting

Lesson exercises

Week 13-14


Chapter 8: Compound Sentences: Coordination, Subordinations

Lesson exercises

Week 15-16


Graduate Review 2: supplemental activity for graduate students only

Graduate Review 2

Week 15-16

Final Course Exam

Proctored exam that covers Chapters 1- 8, specifically Chapters 5 - 8. Graduate students will see an additional exam section they must complete.

To be scheduled
and completed
to finalize credit

End of Week 16


90 - 100% = A
80 - 89% = B
70 - 79% = C
60 - 69% = D
Below 59% = F


You must submit the lessons required to take the course exam(s). Lessons required but not submitted will receive a grade of zero. For the final exam, all coursework must be submitted and graded.